It is a requirement that all players who suffer a concussion seek the highest level of medical care reasonably available to ensure concussion is managed appropriately.
Rugby Australia Concussion Guidance
Rugby Australia Concussion Overview
Rugby Australia Concussion Management Procedure
The management of concussion involves the following 8 steps; each step must be followed and completed before moving to the next step. These can be thought of as two stages.
IF A PLAYER HAS SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS OF A POTENTIAL HEAD INJURY OR CONCUSSION…..
NO PERSON (E.G. PHYSIO, COACH, TRAINER, OR DOCTOR) CAN OVER-RIDE THE REQUIREMENT OF A PLAYER TO REMAIN OFF THE FIELD.
Rugby Australia Head Injury Fact Sheet
Rugby Australia Referral & Return Form
FOR ANY PLAYER IS DIAGNOSED AS HAVING CONCUSSION……
THE STEPWISE GRADUATED RETURN TO PLAY (GRTP) PROCESS MUST BE FOLLOWED. THE REFERAL & RETURN FORM MUST BE COMPLETED
THE PLAYER BEING EXCLUDED INDEFINATELY FROM FULL CONTACT TRAINING AND MATCH PLAY.
At all times, players, parents, team officials, match officials and medical staff need to act in the best interest of player safety and welfare by;
Rugby Australia Concussion Management checklist - Player
Rugby Australia Concussion Management checklist – Club/Team Manager
Rugby Australia Concussion Management checklist – Competition Manager
Following very successful trials in 2017, the Rugby Australia’s National Safety Committee has approved the recommendation for mandatory use of Blue Cards in all club, school and domestic representative rugby beginning in matches from 1st March 2018.
In matches of U13 and older, when a player leaves the field due to signs and symptoms of concussion or suspected concussion, the referee will show the player a Blue Card. This card is a visual cue for team support staff, it must be recorded by team officials, and triggers an off-field medical process to begin.
This off-field process (which applies to all rugby, not just U13s and older) is detailed in Rugby Australia’s Concussion Procedure 2018.
Rugby Australia has included the following Law change ‘a tactically replaced player may return to play to replace a player who has been shown a Blue Card.’
Complex Concussion scenarios require a more stringent process.
Concussion case review is possible in certain circumstances.